Hogwood came home on my lap in a shoebox. He was a creature who would prove in
many ways to be more human than I am.
from The Good Good Pig
A naturalist who spent months at a time living on her own among wild creatures
in remote jungles, Sy Montgomery had always felt more comfortable with animals
than with people. So she gladly opened her heart to a sick piglet who had been
crowded away from nourishing meals by his stronger siblings. Yet Sy had no
inkling that this piglet, later named Christopher Hogwood, would not only
survive but flourishand she soon found herself engaged with her small-town
community in ways she had never dreamed possible. Unexpectedly, Christopher
provided this peripatetic traveler with something she had sought all her life:
an anchor (eventually weighing 750 pounds) to family and home.
The Good Good Pig celebrates Christopher Hogwood in all his glory, from his
inauspicious infancy to hog heaven in rural New Hampshire, where his boundless
zest for life and his large, loving heart made him absolute monarch over a
(mostly) peaceable kingdom. At first, his domain included only Sys cosseted
hens and her beautiful border collie, Tess. Then the neighbors began fetching
Christopher home from his unauthorized jaunts, the little girls next door
started giving him warm, soapy baths, and the villagers brought him delicious
leftovers. His intelligence and fame increased along with his girth. He was
featured in USA Today and on several National Public Radio environmental
programs. On election day, some voters even wrote in Christophers name on their
But as this enchanting book describes, Christopher Hogwoods influence extended
far beyond celebrity; for he was, as a friend said, a great big Buddha master.
Sy reveals what she and others learned from this generous soul who just so
happened to be a piglessons about self-acceptance, the meaning of family, the
value of community, and the pleasures of the sweet green Earth. The Good Good
Pig provides proof that with love, almost anything is possible.
Moderately treacly at times, but overall, a charming book about a charmingly boorish pig. Fans of Gerald Durrell and James Herriot, plus any of the multitude who've made Marley & Me a bestseller are likely to enjoy The Good, Good Pig. (Reviewed by BookBrowse Review Team).
All this is great fun to read, but when Montgomery talks about the "deep" life lessons,... the book treads dangerously close to becoming sentimental hogwash...one wishes for a little less treacle and a lot more of Christopher.
The humor with which she recounts Christopher's meticulous eating habits and love of digging up turf is sure to charm readers.
Montgomery writes with extraordinary lucidity, candor, and grace about what this good, good pig taught her and others about life, love, happiness, and all that we share with our fellow species on this precious planet.
Recent Reader Reviews
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Sy Montgomery is a naturalist,
author, documentary scriptwriter, and
radio commentator who writes for
children as well as adults. Among her
books are Journey of the Pink
Dolphins, Spell of the Tiger, and
Search for the Golden Moon Bear. She
lives in New Hampshire with her husband,
author Howard Mansfield. More about
them at their
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